Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Sneak preview of this years Grad Show

A sneak preview of this years grad show. Hannah Backshall's wonderful giant composite lino-cut. Apparently this beastie is called Roderick and may well provide the proof of the link between dinosaurs and birds. Maybe.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Quentin Blake at the Hay Festival

Today we got to meet the great Sir Quentin Blake at the Hay Festival :-)

Sir Quentin Blake shares memories of Roald Dahl at Hay Festival

.......and we get a mention on the official Hay Festival Blog:

.....after his hour long signing, which included fans Lauren Child and band members from Noah and the Whale, he met a very lucky group of students from Hereford Art College in the Green Room – they’ve been tweeting ‘OMG, I can’t believe we’ve been talking to Quentin Blake’.  And Quentin, literary hero that he is, was the loveliest, warmest man you could ever meet and left the site saying ‘I’ve had a lovely day’.

The following review was written by L5 students Becky, Tan and Lauren for the Hay Festival Blog:

As Illustration students of Hereford College of Arts, when we heard about Sir Quentin Blake attending Hay Festival we were first in line to get tickets. After preparing ourselves with lots of tea and cake, we jostled our way through the sea of children waiting for Lauren Childs to ensure we were amongst the first in line.

            Once we were seated, we saw the characteristic figure of Sir Quentin come to the stage, welcoming us with a gentle smile and a humble hello; first asking us to applaud the librarians in the room. Through the entirety of the talk, he engaged and enthralled us with beautiful imagery and riveting narrative, guiding us through the imaginary worlds of his eccentric characters. He spoke of the visual world with such devout fondness, highlighting the international language of illustration, telling us that ‘it is our imagination that nourishes our dreams’.

            When Quentin finished his dialogue, he welcomed questions from the audience; giving each person an in-depth and often witty response. A particularly charming answer came from the question of a child, who asked ‘Which character would you most like to meet?’, his simple response: ‘Well, I’ve met them all!’ It was this charm which engaged the audience of all ages, and as he left the stage he was sent off with a roaring applause.
            I’m sure it’s every Illustrator’s dream to see an Artist such as Sir Quentin, but we were fortunate enough to meet him. As soon as we sat down with him, his warmth and humble nature made our nervous jitters disappear. Seemingly surprised by our compliments and multiple questions that we posed, he told us tales of his creative world, exposing the traits that are so loved by the nation. It’s difficult to describe what it was like to spend an hour in his world, but he certainly made us feel like we belonged. He spoke of his occasional lack of confidence and his struggle for inspiration, letting us see the ordinary man beyond this iconic figure. I think it’s safe to say we will always remember sitting on the sofa, chatting to Quentin over some welsh cakes, but the advice we will carry with us is just ‘to keep drawing, drawing something will always be better than drawing nothing.’

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Illustrations by Hannah Rees for 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins

In the capital the night before the games and Katniss goes out on to the roof garden and joins Peeta, the other competitor from her district, to view the city below. They hear the sounds of a celebration and Peeta says ‘I didn’t want to miss the party – it is for us after all’.

The low point in Katniss’ life before the Hunger Games. Her father has died, her mother has had a breakdown and refuses to speak. They have run out food and she has been going through the bins at the back of the bakery, but the baker’s wife yells at her.

The parachute is bringing medication for her burnt leg and she has just realized that in spite of being surrounded she is the only one small and light enough to climb the higher branches of the tree. Third year Hannha Rees has been busy illustrating 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins.

Lovely work Hannah!

Friday, 10 May 2013

New/Old Building - our new home from October!

We can now officially announce that this building will be the new home of all Higher Education courses at Hereford College of Art from September 2013. We spent the day drawing this amazing victorian Gothic pile for some pr material to promote our move, but suffice to say the students are v excited and ready to make their mark (or marks).

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Myhtical Creatures @ HCA

A few shots of our new exhibition which is currently running at our Folly Lane site. Illustration group  'Girls Who Draw' are showing their annual themed collection and this year the subject is 'Mythical Creatures'. The college is extremely proud to present the first ever professional exhibition at our (relatively) new artspace and the show is on until the 25th of May. All work is for sale (at very reasonable prices) and is open each working day from 10.00 until 4.30pm. We are already receiving some very nice comments from all over the world via Facebook.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Illustrators go to market

Second year  illustrator Brittany Davies discovered at Ludlow craft market showing off her skills as a jewellery designer.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Mr. Murray at Hereford

Mr. (Ian) Murray visited the illustration course on Wednesday1st of May and delighted all with a slideshow of his terrific artwork. He talked about his 25 year career as an Illustrator and provided lots of useful tips and pointers towards developing and sustaining a practice from beyond the confines of the M25. His new website is excellent we think and deserves a look. Thanks Ian!

Illustration Jester update

New movie clip of Jester's making of the great mural at Brampton House.